S4:E25 The Angling Interval: Key to Fish Survival

Catch and release fly fishing has been around for more than a half century. In recent years, there has been a renewed push for fish survival with the Keep ‘Em Wet movement (#keepemwet), the idea being to make sure the fish stays wet the entire time it’s out of water. In this episode, we interview Dave Kumlien, fly fishing guide, former fly shop owner, and coordinator with Trout Unlimited, on what he calls the “angling interval.” The key to the trout surviving the catch-and-release interruption is reducing the time from when the fish is hooked to the time it is released.


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2 Replies to “S4:E25 The Angling Interval: Key to Fish Survival”

  1. Awesome subject guys . Fish survival is our upmost responsibility. I agree landing and releasing the fish as soon as possible is vital . I believe barbless hooks allow me to also release the fish rather quickly in most situations. Another key ingredient for fish survival is water temperature. As water temperature goes up the oxygen levels drop and along with higher water temperatures higher fish mortality. So I carry a small thermometer to check the temperature of the water. Another key to fish survival is wetting your hands before handling the fish . Especially trout. You want to avoid removing the slime coating as mush as possible. Its thier only defense against disease. We all love to have our pictures taken of our successful catch but do so by keeping the fish in the water. Although difficult at times it’s best for the fish.

  2. Such a great topic guys, thanks tons for covering it. I’m always conscious of the interval, barbs, touching ’em only with wet hands, and keeping them out of the water for as little time as possible. I love those guys and like to be as kind to them as possible on the release 😉
    That said, growing up a Largemouth Bass fisherman in Texas, I’ve always felt conflicted about nets. Now I’m in Colorado and fly fish exclusively. Being so used to “lipping” bass as a kid in Texas, I’ve felt somehow less of a fisherman using a net. I do own nets and I always use them, but your podcast this morning made like it’s just as important, if not more important, than all the other precautions I was taking. Thanks for another great cast!

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